Although they may have left it late at Goodison Park over the weekend, Manchester City have extended on their free-scoring run and now turn their attentions back to Champions League duties on Tuesday night.
Eventually putting three past The Toffees on their travels, Pep Guardiola’s side have now won their last four consecutive matchups since returning from the international break with a shock 3-2 defeat against Norwich.
Despite opening their European campaign with a convincing 3-0 win away at Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk a fortnight ago, the defending Premier League champions are not the only side who have laid down an early marker.
With their sights set on securing their 21st domestic crown in Croatia’s top-tier, Dinamo Zagreb shocked many across Europe by opening their Group C campaign with an empathic 4-0 win over Atalanta.
Two sides who are looking to secure a route to the knockout stage, between City and Zagreb’s last six combined matchups they have recorded 28 goals. You might be interested to know that another high-scoring encounter of over 4.5 goals can be found at 6/5 with Bet365.
Manchester City – The European favourites
Although Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may find his side chasing down a five-point deficit to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, the Sky Blues find the mood in their camp at a high.
Picking up a 3-1 win away at Goodison Park over the weekend and really bouncing back from their shock defeat against Norwich earlier in the month, the back-to-back champions are now enjoying a four-match winning run.
Tipped as an unsurprising favourite to secure top spot in Group C this year, the former Barcelona boss also sees his men leading the race with the bookmakers to lift their maiden European title.
Tuesday’s hosts are pencilled in at 10/3 with Ladbrokes to come out on top this season, ahead of Liverpool and Barcelona who sit at 5/1 and 13/2 respectively.
Elsewhere, despite having an abundance of attacking options to call upon in midweek, Guardiola still has a mild defensive headache on his hands.
With both Aymeric Laporte and John Stones still sidelined, it appears that the new partnership of Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi will start at the heart of City’s defence.
Dinamo Zagreb’s attacking start continues
Although the mood in Manchester might be on the rise, City are not the only side who are in the midst of a continued purple patch.
Opening their Group C campaign with a 4-0 romp over Italian outfit Atalanta earlier in the month, a result that sent shockwaves across Europe, the guests have their sights set on securing a spot in the knockout stage come December.
Modri can be found at 11/4 with William Hill to secure a route out of Group C.
If the Croatian giants are to pull of what would be one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history, then Tuesday’s traveling support will be looking for attacking talisman Mislav Oršić to spearhead their charge.
Bagging a famous hat-trick in their stunning victory over Atalanta a fortnight ago, the 26-year-old has also now found the net in back-to-back appearances and can be found at 11/2 with Ladbrokes to find the net at the Etihad.